"LET THERE BE LIGHT" Ministries
BEHOLD YOUR GOD, part 2 -
See Him In His Human Nature quotes
1) Why would Jesus take upon His sinless nature the fallen, sinful, defiled, offending and degraded nature of mankind?
“Jesus laid aside his robes of royalty, stepped down from his eternal throne, clothed his divinity with humanity, and for our sakes became poor, that we through his poverty might become rich. Rich in money? in lands? in bank-stock?--No; that we might secure eternal riches. There is no salvation except that which comes through Christ. He came to earth to lift up the fallen. With his human arm he encircles the race, while with his divine arm he grasps the throne of the infinite, thus connecting finite man to the infinite God, and uniting earth to heaven.” Review and Herald, October 27, 1885 (vol 1, p 557).
“In order to carry out the great work of redemption, the Redeemer must take the place of fallen man.” General Conference Bulletin, February 25, 1895, p 332 par. 3.
2) Is there another reason why Christ took upon Himself our fallen, sinful nature?
“The Son of God does indeed call men, uniting them with Him as brethren, conferring upon them the honor of divine sonship. What wonderful condescension on the part of Christ. He became our elder brother, that we might become sons and daughters of God. We have been bought with a price--and what a price! Christ volunteered to come to this earth and stand at the head of fallen human beings, who were heirs of guilt, under sentence of eternal death. We must have perished had He not borne our guilt and the wrath of God.” Manuscript Releases, vol 12, p 61.
This inspired passage reveals that Christ took upon Himself our sinful human nature so that He could become our Elder Brother, and we could become the sons and daughters of God and escape eternal death. Christ volunteered to reach His human hand all the way down to where you and I were so that when we individually and personally grasp His human hand He can lift us up, and with His divine hand He grasps the hand of God His Father so that through Jesus we are brought into direct connection with His, and our, divine Father.
“The humanity of the Son of God is everything to us. It is the golden chain that binds our souls to Christ, and through Christ to God.” Our High Calling, p 48.
Understanding that Christ really took upon Himself our fallen, sinful, defiled human nature is essential to salvation because it binds our souls to Christ and then through Him to God our Father.
3) “It was the marvel of all the universe that Christ should humble Himself to save fallen man. That He who had passed from star to star, from world to world, superintending all, by His providence supplying the needs of every order of being in His vast creation--that He should consent to leave His glory and take upon Himself human nature, was a mystery which the sinless intelligences of other worlds desired to understand.” Patriarchs and Prophets, p 69.
“Our Saviour purchased the human race by humiliation of the very severest kind. He, the Majesty of heaven, disrobed Himself of His glory, and clothed His divinity with humanity, that He might pass through what humanity must pass through.” Review and Herald, October 23, 1900 (vol 4, p 229).
To know and understand that Christ took our fallen, sinful human nature upon Himself so He could be completely my true Elder Brother in my fallen flesh – is the golden link that binds us together as one! I have a PERSONAL SAVIOUR who can save me from sin and death because He knows from His own experience in fallen sinful human nature what I am going through in this wicked world!
Behold Your God and understand that He is indeed a human being like you in every way.
“His (Christ’s) human nature was created; it did not even possess the angelic powers. It was human, identical with our own.” Selected Messages, book 3, p 129 paragraph.3.
4) “In our conclusions, we make many mistakes because of our erroneous views of the human nature of our Lord.” Our High Calling, p 48.
5) How could Jesus Christ save us from sin and death by just taking our fallen, sinful, defiled human nature upon Himself?
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15.
“Christ assumed our fallen nature, and was subject to every temptation to which man is subject.” Manuscript Releases, vol 17, p 29.
Christ voluntarily took upon Himself our fallen, sinful human nature so that He could in all points subject to every temptation upon which you and I are subject to.
“What love! What amazing condescension! The King of glory proposes to humble Himself to fallen humanity! He would place His feet in Adam's steps. He would take man's fallen nature, and engage to cope with the strong foe who triumphed over Adam. He would overcome Satan, and in thus doing He would open the way for the redemption from the disgrace of Adam's failure and fall, of all those who would believe on Him.” God's Amazing Grace, p 23.